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On the merits of strength training (a little achievement this week)

June 29, 2012 Leave a comment

More of a proof of concept I guess. A few months back in Krav Maga class our instructor had us get with our training partners (we do a lot of sparring with pads and without). One person would get down into push up position and the other would pick up the other person’s feet. Then you would try to do your push ups. I failed miserably at it, could not get my strength up to do even one push up AND keep from breaking form and crumbling to the ground.

Then, I started doing strength training using Les Mills Pump at home. I’m not really following the set schedule (no real time for that), but at least three times a week I try to do Pump Revolution or Pump Extreme, and increasing the amount of weight on the bar.

Wednesday we had to do the push ups again in the same manner for Krav stripe testing. For the first time ever, I was able to do 10 push ups while my partner held my feet before asking him to drop me. Upper body and core strength…ย  it IS Increasing!

It’s a small victory, but one I’m pretty proud of. My body is changing shape little by little. I do have a ways to go, but I hope to be in fighting shape when it comes time for black belt testing. That’s my goal, for sure.

Martial arts is great in so many ways, but strength training has been a tremendous boost in reshaping and strengthening my body. I can’t recommend it enough, especially for women.

So, if you need additional Les Mills Pump Barbell Weights

May 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Beachbody now sells them separately.

Now you can load up on the bar without having to shell out beau coup bucks. Plus, they’re the plastic kind so they won’t scratch the finish on the bar.

Les Mills Pump… review so far (4 days in)

January 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Ahhhh… it’s so nice not to have to fight for a space or equipment in a crowded class. I do have to kick my two cats and dog out of my workout room though just in case one of them decides to walk under the bar… can’t have them getting hurt. My one wish is that BeachBody would have included the 2.5 lb weights in addition to the 5 and 10s. But, that can be remedied later.

So, the first few workouts in the Pump lineup include Pump Challenge (20 minutes), and Pump Flow (more of a Yoga/stretch, also 20 minutes). On the 90 day workout schedule they’ve noted 30 and 45 minute “WALK” sessions, which should be sessions of power walking. But, as I was up at 5am during this portion, I really didn’t feel like going outside in the cold and the dark. It’s nice, bright, and warm inside the house, and no one has to see me in my workout gear except my husband and the critters ๐Ÿ˜€

Challenge and Flow areย  short workouts, but effective as a way to ease into the longer routines. You get your shoulder work, squats, lunges, triceps, and chest workouts in just 20 minutes in Challenge. Watch out for the clean and press if you’re not used to it. Bad form can cause injury especially in that particular move. There’s always one of the four trainers demonstrating alternate moves using the bar as support if you’re not up to using weights for squats and lunges yet. Flow is more Yoga oriented for stretching the muscles you’re working in the other classes for flexibility, and it’s a nice cooldown as well.

Enter Turbo Jam Cardio Party Mix 3 as my WALK substitute, which is a good 50 minutes. I think my greatest challenge will be actually getting up at 5am as I am not a morning person. Also, I tried to scarf down an egg white omelette after, and the tummy wasn’t too happy. Normally I don’t eat until I get to the office (Shakeology/Luna bars FTW!), but I figure the faster I get the protein in the better for the post workout soreness.

I’m looking forward to getting stronger, faster, and leaner, which I’ll need on my quest for black belt excellence. Kung Fu on Saturday proved that I definitely need more flexibility to get further down on the splits and the horse stance.

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